Highly Contagious COVID-19 Variant Found in Colorado

As The Washington Post reports:

Colorado officials on Tuesday reported the first known case in the United States of a person infected with the mutation-laden coronavirus variant that has been circulating rapidly across much of the United Kingdom and has led to a lockdown of much of southern England.

The case involves a male in his 20s who is currently in isolation in Elbert County and has no travel history, according to a tweet from the office of Gov. Jared Polis.

“The individual has no close contacts identified so far but public health officials are working to identify other potential cases and contacts through thorough contact tracing interviews,” the tweet said.

Researchers have now detected the more transmissible variant in viral samples in at least 17 countries outside the United Kingdom, including as far away as Australia and South Korea, as of Tuesday afternoon. Officials in Canada had previously said they identified two cases, the first in North America.

Wear a mask. Please.

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6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. 2Jung2Die says:

    Colorado Politics is already reporting there's a second suspected case, and both people work in the town of Simla. Buckle up

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    …and it’s taken the life of a Congressman-elect from Louisiana: Maybe Qbert can grace us with some logic?

    A congressman-elect from Louisiana died from Covid-19 complications.

    Luke Letlow, a Republican who was elected to the House of Representatives this month to represent Louisiana’s Fifth Congressional District, died on Tuesday evening of complications from Covid-19, a spokesman said. He was 41.

    (3,700 people died today for those keeping track)

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    Wednesday's briefing included:

    Health officials say a Colorado National Guard member has the first reported U.S. case of COVID-19 variant and a second case is suspected in another Guard member.

    Dr. Rachel Herlihy, the state's epidemiologist, said Wednesday that the two were deployed on Dec. 23 to a nursing home with an outbreak of the virus in a small town outside Denver.


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